We are big Disney dining fans, and Teppan Edo is toward the top of our list. We have eaten here many, many, many times and it is always a requirement for every Disney stay. This Disney World restaurant really has the entire package, and everything that you would expect from a delicious, fun dining experience at Disney. Teppan Edo has a very authentic feel with the level of detail that is put into the restaurant and the service. Here are the top 6 things that I believe you will absolutely love as much as we do about Teppan Edo:
6. The opportunity to make new friends.
Since you are seated at tables that accommodate 8, if you don’t have this many in your party, you will likely enjoy your meal and the experience with other guests. If you are social like we are, this can actually be a lot of fun. We have met some really awesome people, and even met someone from our hometown that we learned saw our wedding as they were also in the Missouri Botanical Gardens on the same day and remembered seeing us. What are the odds? Dining at Teppan Edo is really fun all on its own, and can be even better when you share it with new friends.
5. The amazing service.
From the moment you arrive, the service is spot-on. We have always had extremely pleasant, eager cast members who really add to the experience. The staff here seems to be willing to be extra accommodating and welcoming, which is quite refreshing in a busy, restaurant environment with lots of action going on.
4. The origami animals.
Every time we have been (which is over 10 ten times….) the hostesses have brought us origami animals that they have made and given them to our boys. They have even written messages in Japanese letters on them for them. They are such a nice, fun little keepsake that we have held onto for our scrapbooks. I don’t know if they do this for everyone, or just kids, but if you aren’t offered one, I am sure you could ask for one and they would happily give it to you. They are so cute!
3. The entertaining hibachi show.
You may have had hibachi in your hometowns and already know a little bit about what to expect. For those that haven’t, you are seated at a cooking table where the chef will prepare your meal in front of you. They put on a quite impressive show while doing this. You get your food cooked to order right in front of your eyes and have a ton of fun. At Teppan Edo there are more Disney and Mickey Mouse elements added in. I won’t spoil it for you, but this won’t be the same as your hibachi restaurants back home.
2. Authentic Japanese culture and atmosphere.
The location for the restaurant is really neat. The restaurant is on the second floor over the gift shop in the Japan pavilion (there is an elevator for wheel chair / stroller access). The windows from the restaurant overlook the gardens within the Japan pavilion. The cast members bow to you as you would expect from Japanese culture. They do this as they enter and exit each room. They will also speak to you in some Japanese words and are always excited and willing to teach you other common words in Japanese. The restaurant is decorated in exactly what you would expect to see with the white walls separating each smaller dining room, red accents, flower accents and everything is pristine and well kept. Take time to talk to your hostess and/or server. The cast members there are actually from Japan so they have interesting stories to tell and can share more about their particular home town. We have really enjoyed the different cast members we have met there.
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1. The delicious food.
Last, but certainly not least… the food! Delicious may be an understatement for this place. We can’t seem to get enough of it, which is why we go back, time and time again, every chance that we get. (We have eaten here twice in a vacation before.) There are various different meat and vegetable options, so there should be something for everyone based on their dietary needs. They will even cook vegetarian/vegan meals first so that they aren’t prepared with the other meals, so don’t be afraid to ask if this is an accommodation that you need. You can order sushi and other Japanese appetizers while you wait for the show to begin. The desserts are also something not to be missed. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Green Tea Cheesecake and Chocolate Ginger Cake when I first read the menu, but I am so glad that we tried them. For those of you who like a little alcohol with you meal, my recommendations would be sake (of course!) and the Tokyo Sunsets. You have to try this place out for yourself, it is amazing!